The Avant-Garde Theater|
Spring 2008 not offered
Twentieth-century avant-garde theater was shaped by multiple artistic voices seeking to respond and/or resist rapidly changing historical and political circumstances. Each one of these movements represents a dynamic, diverse but cumulative rupture with the mainstream. In addition to a broader understanding of 20th-century avant-garde history, this course will expose the ways in which theoretical frames and theatrical practice dialogued. Such knowledge will lead to a clearer insight of how the transformations desired by each movement/artist took place both theoretically and practically, provoked the audience to change its perception of the world and of art, and ultimately affects how we see and produce art today.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: THEA301 OR THEA280
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
We will be reading a large number of plays, manifestos, and theoretical texts written by practitioners and scholars alike. This is a tentative list of readings:
"Twentieth Century Theatre: A Sourcebook", Richard Drain
"Theatre/Theory", Mark Fortier
"Three Pre-Surrealist Plays", Maya Slater, trans.
"The Sea Gull", Anton Chekhov. Jean-Claude Van Itallie, trans.
"Spring Awakening", Franz Wedekind. Edward Bond, trans.
Modern Language Association Writing Manual Style
THEA-306 Course Reader
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will work on a cumulative paper throughout the course. The goal of such project is to encourage students to write a final paper that profits from extensive revisions, in-depth reflection, and the incorporation of the knowledge progressively gained during the semester. Early in the term I will provide students with a list of significant avant-garde artists; they will select a paper topic from this list. Around mid-term, I will read each student's first draft and give detailed feedback; the subsequent draft will undergo peer revision. Throughout the semester, students must bring their work at least three times to the Writing Workshop: before they submit first drafts; the second drafts for peer revision; and the final papers (I would prefer that you use the same tutor for all sessions). In addition, students will present a shorter version (4-5 pages/10 minutes) of their final papers in a class colloquium, when they will share their research with peers and hear questions/feedback.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THEA301: History of Drama and Theatre I or THEA280: Script Analysis
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